Lion Whisperer – Milton Jones

Milton Jones, you know the Hawaiian shirted wild haired one-liner comic who frequently graces ‘Mock the Week’, rolled into Dunfermline for the latest stop on his massive countrywide tour and such is his stature in the comedy world, he had not one, but two, support acts.
With around 800 other people in place, the Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline was certainly the place to be and I think it is a fair assessment that they had a good time and then some.
The opening act was ‘Milton Jones’s Granddad’ and judging from the style and material this old buffer delivered, it is obvious where Jones gets his talent from. A few minutes of his silly, witty and funny ramblings nicely got the crowd warmed up for the acts to follow, the first of which was young up and coming talent James Acaster.
Acaster is from Kettering in middle Englnd and he started off on his set of stuff encompassing strange subjects such as Weetabix , cheese graters, talking money and bread research, all gentle stuff, funny if not always hilarious to most but not one guy. How James had angered him most were at a loss to know but shouting out abuse the guy left. Well, that reaction spurred Acaster to greater things, the set was shelved and he riffed through the remaining time with great aplomb. His improvised stuff was really funny and drew howls of laughter from all parts of the theatre and to me showed what the guy is capable of. The only loser here was our friend who left.
Milton Jones however was the act everyone wanted to see and once he hit the stage there was no stopping him. Like those of a similar delivery style such as Gary Delaney, Stewart Francis and Tim Vine his material consists basically of one-liners relying heavily on puns to sell the gag. I wondered prior to the gig if I would get bored of this in time, but such was the quality of material and delivery that the hour flew by, and I could have handled much more. The comic timing the guy possesses is to die for and he has the character off pat. It must be difficult for him to sustain the high standard thoughout, but maintain it he does. And another thing, I noticed about him, there was not a single swear word uttered from the stage all night and that’s not something you could say about many gigs.
Milton Jones has done the hard yards early in his career and now is beginning to reap the rewards. His major tour had had to be extended due to public demand and one can understand why. To see if he is playing near you check out http://www.miltonjones.com and for future dates at The Alhambra then http://www.alhambradunfermline.com is the site to be on.

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